- a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful.
- a trace of infection, contamination, or the like.
- a trace of dishonor or discredit.
- Obsolete. color; tint.
- to modify by or as if by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.
- to infect, contaminate, corrupt, or spoil.
- to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).
- Obsolete. to color or tint.
- to become tainted; spoil.
Origin of taint1
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Examples from the Web for untainted
Big critic Neil Barofsky was ‘untainted by financial knowledge.’Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From Timothy Geithner’s New Memoir
May 13, 2014
He and his band are untainted by political skullduggery and economic interest, not to mention accusations of theft.Voting For Yair Lapid, Israel’s Maimonides
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 4, 2013
Short on experience but untainted by Washington, this one is in touch with the people.She Is Running!
July 14, 2010
Unfortunately, Republicans will do their best to run candidates in swing districts who are untainted by the Bush years.Heckuvajob, Napolitano
December 29, 2009
He saw in her the same beauty of untainted innocence he had known in his youth.The Octopus
If I ask for blood it is for untainted, not what you call high blood.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
He is untainted by the ungenial formality of our German professors.
Your blood is that of the Castriots, and untainted by Moslem touch.The Captain of the Janizaries
James M. Ludlow
His piety is as untainted as his purity; it is the maiden-service of a maiden-saint.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
- not tarnished, contaminated, or pollutedhe was untainted by the scandal
- to affect or be affected by pollution or contaminationoil has tainted the water
- to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
- a defect or flawa taint on someone's reputation
- a trace of contamination or infection
Word Origin and History for untainted
1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.